James Hackney Jr.

In January 2016, Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun appointed Hackney to serve as his chief of staff and senior strategy advisor. Hackney is now managing office operations, presidential events and offering strategic advice. Professor Hackney teaches in the areas of torts, corporate finance, corporations, critical race theory, and law and economics. His research focuses on intellectual history, torts, the mutual fund industry, law and economics, and critical race theory. He is the author of two acclaimed books: Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity (Duke University Press, 2007) and Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (New York University Press, 2012). Prior to joining the Northeastern faculty, Professor Hackney was an associate with the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella. He was book review and comment editor of the Yale Law Journal during law school. 

Other Literary Works: 

  • Legal Intellectuals in Conversation: Personal Reflections on the Construction of Contemporary American Legal Theory (2012, NYU Press) interviews with Bruce Ackerman, Jules Coleman, Drucilla Cornell, Charles Fried, Mort Horwitz, Duncan Kennedy, Catharine MacKinnon, Richard Posner, Austin Sarat, and Patricia Williams)
  • Book Review, “On Markets and Regulation: Richard Posner’s Conservative Pragmatist Evolution”, 3 Law and Financial Markets Review 539 (2009) (review of Richard Posner’s, A Failure of Capitalism: The Crisis of ’08 and the Descent into Depression)
  • Under Cover of Science: American Legal-Economic Theory and the Quest for Objectivity (Duke University Press, 2007)
  • Ideological Conflict, African American Reparations, Tort Causation and the Case for Social Welfare Transformation, 84 Boston University Law Review 1193 (2004) (symposium on slavery reparations)
  • Law and Neoclassical Economics Theory: A Critical History of the Distribution/Efficiency Debate, 32 Journal of Socio-Economics 361 (2003)
  • Contributions, Industrialization and Imperialism: 1800-1914, A Bibliographical Dictionary (Jeffrey Bell ed., 2002) (entries on “Oliver Wendell Holmes” (pg. 163) and “Charles Sanders Peirce” (pg.282))
  • Contributions, The Encyclopedia of the Great Depression and New Deal Vol. 1 (James Ciment ed., 2001) (M.E. Sharpe publisher) (entries on “Banking” (pg. 76), “Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation” (pg. 324) and “Glass-Steagall Act” (pg. 338))
  • Book Review. Interracial Justice: Conflict & Reconciliation in Post- Civil Rights America by Eric Yamamoto, 10 Social & Legal Studies 289 (2000)
  • Book Review, The Progressive Assault on Laissez Faire: Robert Hale and the First Law and Economics Movement by Barbara Fried, 73 Business History Review 530-532(1999)
  • Law and Neoclassical Economics: A Response to Commentaries, 16 Law and History Review 163-171 (1998)
  • Review Essay, Derrick Bell's Re-Sounding: W.E.B. Du Bois, Modernism and Critical Race Scholarship, 23 Law & Social Inquiry 141-164 (1998)
  • Law and Neoclassical Economics: Science, Politics and the Reconfiguration of American Tort Law Theory, 15 Law and HistoryReview 275-326 (1997) (with Commentary from Professors Neil Duxbury, James Heckman and James May, pgs. 327-338)
  • Law and Neoclassical Economics: An Examination of Two Classic Texts as Artifacts, 44 University of New Brunswick Law Journal 321-328 (1995)
  • The Philosophical Underpinnings of Public School Funding Jurisprudence, 22 Journal of Law & Education 423-483 (1993)
  • A Proposal for State Funding of Municipal Tort Liability, 98 Yale Law Journal 389-407 (1988)